Margarita Nazarova and Konstantin Konstantinovsky: Italian passions in a circus family
Margarita Nazarova was applauded by the whole world. She had fame, recognition, and the love of the authorities. Konstantin Konstantinovsky, her husband and loyal partner in the arena, who put all the tricks of his wife, almost always remained in her shadow. Perhaps this is what led to the outbursts of emotions. They quarreled passionately, with the involvement of the police and even psychiatric teams. And yet they couldn’t do without each other.
Margarita Nazarova was taken to Germany by the Nazis during the war. There, forced to serve the Germans, she vowed that she would return to her homeland and become famous.
She was moving steadily toward her goal. After her release, she returned to the Soviet Union and settled in Daugavpils. At first, she worked in the corps de ballet in the theater, earning the nickname “desperate ballerina” for dangerous tricks, then joined the team “Circus on stage” with a dance and acrobatic number. After a few years, she mastered the motorcycle and during the performance, she raced along a vertical wall, like a real stuntman.
After completing one of the performances, a slender handsome man approached her and invited the young artist to work with him. This was Konstantin Konstantinovsky, the fearless tiger tamer and Director of the very theater where Margarita worked. During the war, he trained dogs-medics who pulled the wounded from the battlefield, and dogs who destroyed the enemy’s military equipment at the cost of their own lives.
The offer of cooperation was very tempting, and Marguerite agreed almost without hesitation.
Circus Pygmalion and Galatea
Margaret became an assistant to the Constantine. But they were both young and beautiful, and there was a timid sympathy between them, then a romantic attachment that developed into a passionate romance. After a while, Konstantinovsky and Nazarova became husband and wife. Konstantin’s mother was categorically against this marriage. She wrote to her son after that, saying that he was a bad husband and Rita was a bad wife.
It was true love. They couldn’t live a day without each other. She accompanied him during the filming of films for which her husband prepared animals. And soon she discovered a real gift: she was skilled with animals, had an instant reaction and, most importantly, was absolutely fearless.
Before that, her husband allowed her to feed the predators exclusively in his presence, forbidding her to approach them herself. During the filming of the film “Case in the taiga”, a bear suddenly attacked Konstantinovsky. Frail Margarita deftly managed to switch the attention of the angry animal to a jar of condensed milk.
From this moment on, Konstantinovsky began to intensively train his wife in training. Nazarova’s pupil was extremely talented. He modeled his Galatea step by step, passing on his knowledge and experience with animals.
He was behind every victory, every trick. He worked tirelessly with her, remaining in the shadow of her fame.
She became famous after the release of the film “tiger Tamer”, where she acted as a stand-in for Lyudmila Kasatkina, who played the main role. In “Striped flight”, the audience saw Margarita Nazarova on the screen. There is already a backup was Constantine Constantine. Few people know that in the background in the episode with the tigers in the water next to the predators was not Margarita, who did not know how to swim, but her husband.
During circus performances, he always stood behind her, and this allowed her to feel the confidence and support of a loving person. He offered his shoulder and back to her so that she could bask in the glory. He, who dreamed of entering the arena with the predators, did everything to make his wife a star.
All friends and colleagues of Konstantinovsky and Nazarova claim that the feelings between them were real. They loved each other immensely, but they quarreled violently in Italian, not restraining their own emotions, trying to sting each other as much as possible. Konstantinovsky, tired of being behind the scenes all the time, even left Nazarova to create his own unique attraction with predators. Again, they couldn’t do without each other.
The birth of a son briefly reconciled the couple, but they both had no time to deal with his upbringing. They were waiting for a cage with tigers and new tricks with them. And new reasons for quarrels.
Both were extremely jealous. An expressive Margarita could well call a psychiatric team, seeing her husband next to a young fan. Another time, just before his departure for the tour, my husband was picked up by a police squad. And he patiently forgave her for all her antics.
“Don’t leave your loved ones»
And then it was over. Constantine died suddenly from inflammation of the brain. Together, a long-standing concussion in the war, and a head injury sustained during the filming of “Striped flight”. The last straw was a deep scratch from the claws of the tiger Yulka, as a result of which the infection developed. He died on June 17, 1970.
Margarita Nazarova lost her reliable shoulder, her best friend and loved one. And with it, her mind began to leave her. The famous trainer was treated for a long time in a psychiatric clinic, then went to Nizhny Novgorod, settled in a modest apartment and did not let anyone into her house. She died in October 2005, forgotten and alone.